CANADA

(London: A. & C. Black, 1907).

FIRST EDITION OF A BEAUTIFUL ENTRY IN BLACK'S TRAVEL SERIES, THIS ONE WITH A WHOPPING SEVENTY-SEVEN PLATES IN FULL COLOUR BY MOWER MARTIN. While a few man-made landmarks are described and painted, such as Citadelle of Quebec, Hasting Wharf and downtown Winnipeg, the amazing natural beauty of Canada receives most of the attention from both the artist and the author. In Campbell's own words his objective was to, "...describe the great natural features of the land, in its broader characteristics - its coasts, rivers, mountains, lakes and prairies, those physical beauties and sublime effects of nature for which the region is specially famous."
English-born Canadian landscape painter Thomas Mower Martin has been dubbed both "the father of Canadian art" and "dean of Canadian artist" by the Toronto Gazette. He painted in both oil and watercolour. Unhappy in his native London, he immigrated to Canada in 1862. He was a founding member of the Ontario Society of Artists, charter member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, and a member of the Royal British Colonial Society of Artists. He exhibited widely during his lifetime and his paintings can be found in many public and private collections, including Windsor Castle. Item #29811

First edition. With 77 stunning plates reproduced in full colour from painting by T. Mower Martin, and with a folding map. Large 8vo, in the original pictorially decorated dark red cloth, the spine and the upper cover gilt lettered and with an all-over design of flowering trees, mountains, cityscape, wheat, maple leaves, roses and flor-de-lis in gilt, green and pink. xvi, 272 pp, folding map. A pleasing copy, the beautifully decorated cloth well preserved with the spine still significantly unfaded and nearly matching the cover, as is not usually the case, internally very fresh, the endpapers a bit toned as is typical but otherwise bright and fine, hinges and stitching all firm and tight.

Price: $225.00